Wave FM Presents
MY GENERATION – 50 Years of The Who Starring Simon Meli, Ciaran Gribbin & Steve Balbi Tickets
7:30pm, Sat 21 June, 2014
Waves, Wollongong, NSW
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Now for the first time in Australia to celebrate the Who's 50th anniversary, Three of Australia’s finest singers have banded together to create an unforgettable tribute to one of the greatest rock bands of all time
The Who were one of the great rock bands of the all-time. Formed in 1964, early on the group was
part of the "Mod" movement, playing R&B music in stylized tailored suits, before morphing into an
unruly proto-punk band famous for smashing their instruments at the end of live performances. This
period is epitomized by the oft-mentioned lyric "Hope I die before I get old" in the band's 1965 tune
Eventually The Who graduated into high-minded and inventive rock, rising in fame alongside fellow
Brit superbands The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and playing at Woodstock in 1969. Daltry was a
blonde-maned and bare-chested lead singer, Townshend an energetic dervish on guitar. Moon
became one of rock-and-roll's great flameouts, famous for his savage drumming and whimsically
mad offstage life until his sudden death at age 32. Burly bassist Entwistle anchored the group,
standing stoically alongside Townshend's leaps and windmills.
The band continued on after the deaths of Moon and later Entwistle, touring and recording into the
21st century. Their many albums include My Generation (1965), The Who Sell Out (1969, including
the single "I Can See for Miles"), the ground-breaking rock opera Tommy (1969, with the single
"Pinball Wizard"), the landmark Live at Leeds (1970), Who's Next (1971, with the singles "Baba
O'Reilly" and "Won't Get Fooled Again"), Who Are You (1978), and It's Hard (1982). The 1973
concept album Quadrophenia was the basis for a 1979 movie. A 1979 documentary of the band, The
Kids Are Alright, was titled after their 1965 single of that name.
The Who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
Now for the first time in Australia to celebrate the Who's 50th anniversary, Three of Australia's
finest singers have banded together to create an unforgettable tribute to one of the greatest rock
bands of all time.
Simon Meli is your quintessential rock 'n' roller. His love of 70's rock is evident in both his look and
sound - he takes his cue from Led Zeppelin, The Black Crowes and Lenny Kravitz. He has been
performing professionally for more than 10 years, and tours regularly with his band 'The
Widowbirds'. Eager to appear on The Voice, Simon interrupted his bands tour and flew 30 hours
from Stockholm especially for The Voice audition.
Ciaran Gribbin joined INXS in 2011 as their singer and co-songwriter and has since toured
extensively with the band. Ciaran has just co-written a song for the new movie 'Imagined' starring Al
Pacino, Annette Bening, and Jennifer Garner which is due for release in 2014. Prior to INXS he
played he played countless shows with many artists including Paul McCartney, The Script, Gotye &
Paolo Nutini amongst others. As a songwriter he co-wrote Madonna's Grammy nominated
'Celebration' and wrote, recorded and produced all of the original songs for the Irish music-based
movie 'Killing Bono'.
Steve Balbi has transformed from one of Australia's leading songwriters, first with Noiseworks,
followed by Electric Hippies, to become a dynamic solo performer. His compelling music and unique
style transcends generations. After playing sell-out concerts, touring the world and receiving
numerous awards including three ARIA Double Platinum Records and three ARIA Gold Records, Steve
emerged from the darker side of rock 'n' roll with an energy and authenticity that has created an
underground swell amongst new fans. Steve connects with his audience through his genuine and
50 Years of The Who - My Generation
Starring Ciaran Gribbin, Simon Meli and Steve Balbi.